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, national politics, immigration, the presidential campaign of 2004, and 2008, and first lady michele obama and her role in the obama white house. i met rachel at an event this year where i bought a book, the book she wrote, "american tapestry: the story of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of michelle obama". after hearing her talk, i'd bought six more copies. i bought them for all my family members and to give out as christmas gifts. now after having read her book i can tell you it was a good investment. it helps me better understand my own family and many mysteries surrounding my own family. rachel l. swams's book is a compelling story that stirs deep emotions. it is also a story that would break them here and with that, let's welcome rachel l. swams. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you for coming. in the years leading up to the presidential election, the focus seems to be on barack obama's roots and his family and the fact that he wrote his own biography. now in your book "american tapestry," you put the focus on michele obama. tell us about how you got started do
michelle to take more chances with the monthly lineup. established authors bring in an older audience. younker authors bring in their friends from the community who might be bringing in an older author. >> raider has provided a stage for more than 400 writers. it ranges from fiction to academics stories to academic stories this service the underground of queer fell, history, or culture. >> and there are so many different literary circles in san francisco. i have been programming this reading series for nine years. and i still have a huge list on my computer of people i need to carry into this. >> the supportive audience has allowed michele to try new experiment this year, the radar book club. a deep explorationer of a single work. after the talk, she bounces on stage to jump-start the q&a. less charlie rose and more carson daly. >> san francisco is consistently ranked as one of the most literate cities in the united states. multiple reading events are happening every night of the year, competing against a big names like city arts and lectures. radar was voted the winner of these san f
. >> reporter: i guess not. they've really got all that energy, michelle. actually we started our coverage in the east bay where i saw one store open at 5 a.m. and there were shoppers out there even before that in the rain. she shoppers are back and -- the shoppers are back and it's beginning to look a lot li black friday. >> i'm not broke but i'm trying to get more stuff. >> reporter: cathy was outside this store in emeryville since 2 a.m. along with other diehards looking to cash in on post holiday deals. >> we came out to get $500 off h&m clothes but i actually got $50 off which is pretty good. >> reporter: the big discounts are back to keep buyers around as they kick unwanted gifts out. retail experts say 10 to 15% of christmas gifts will go back on the store shelves. >> i'm returning some things that i don't need. >> reporter: shopper track reported shoppers spent $7.1 billion the day after christmas in 2011. but a recent report says this year's holiday sales are below expected numbers. now retailers hope post- christmas incentives can save the worst holiday shopping in four years. >>
are opening this morning. >>> good morning. it's wednesday, december 26. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm brian hackney. frank is off today. it's now 29 minutes after 5:00. >> dangerous and deadly storms moved across southern states on christmas day. >> severe weather is blamed for at least two deaths and knocked out power to more than 100,000 people this several states. there were more than 30 reports of tornadoes from texas to alabama, homes businesses and churches damaged. ashley rodriguez takes to us one neighborhood where residence say this christmas they are just happy to be alive. >> reporter: this is one of the 12 homes that law enforcement here in pearl river county says were completely wiped out by this tornado on christmas day. at this particular home here in the mcneil area, this is what's left of the slab, this is what's left of the wall, and this is what's left of this family's life. and the damage trail extends half a mile on this property off highway 11, the front and back of this custom antebellum home gone but the homeowner says lives are more important. tell me how you feel w
presents just for u. save more. save easier. saving more, starts now. first lady michelle obama w trying to read "twas the nit before >>> this is exactly what he does at home. he tries to beat malia and sasha to my lap. >> first lady michelle obama was trying to read t'was the night before christmas but one creature was stirring the obama family dog making himself as home as the first lady sat down to read to kids at a washington d.c. children's hospital. a first lady tradition since the 1950s. bo ended up stealing the show. >> that's sweet. >> cute. >> looks at home. >>> a young bay area couple thanks anonymous donors for saving their dog. >> christin ayers reports. >> reporter: it was two weeks to christmas when nick and lindsey anderson realized that their 7-month-old siberian husky escaped from their bag yard but it was what they discovered when she came home that was devastating. >> she started barking at the back door and that's when we knew that she was hurt. she couldn't walk. she was dragging her paw. just crying. >> reporter: shasta had been hit by a car. her pelvis was broken
. the president cutting short his vacation leaving michelle and the girls behind as he gets back to work to try to prevent tax increases and spending cuts due to begin next week. there's just one problem. it appears there would be no house republicans to help hammer out a deal. the gop leadership has not yet called their members back to d.c. and will not be in session tomorrow for legislative business. according to one gop aide, they felt it's up to the democrats to act now. so the christmas spirit has not softened actions. but what has softened? customer confidence. in the last week gallup found the drop in the likelihood congress will come to a deal. also holiday spending hit its lowest rate since the 2008 recession. while the president said before he left for hawaii that he said he hoped the holiday would give them a chance to cool off and reach an agreement, it appears republicans would prefer to stay home for the holidays. merry christmas, everybody. for more on this, joining us now from washington, we have contributor jared bernstein. also a senior fellow on budget and policy priorities.
merry christmas to you. >> we're learning disturbing new details today. michelle miller has the story of a man that murderinjured two firefighters murdered two others and killed his sister as well. >>> it was a trap set by william spangler. >> we're being shot at multiple firemen down multiple firemen shot. >> in a scenario that seems beyond comprehension, they're saying they found a note he left. >> he was going to burn as many houses as possible and do what he really liked to do which was kill people. seven homes burned down. combing through the crime scene, they said they found a body that they have been hers. >> we are afraid she may have met foul play. >> he has killed before he spent 17 years behind bars for murdering his grandmother with a hammer. police revealed he armed himself with three guns including a bush bushmaster 223, these are the two webster firefighters that lost their live. one was a 22 year veteran, and the other was just 19. for cbs this morning, michelle miller new york. >> in afghanistan this morning, the taliban is taking responsibility for a
with the thief and arrested him. marley was returned and was happy. >>> first lady michelle obama recently read "'twas the night before christmas" and a creature was stirring, namely the obama family dog bo. he jumped on her lap. the white house said visiting patients at the children's hospital is a hl day tradition that dates back to the 1950's. >>> we're taking you inside a local mall for a look at the post holiday sales. >>> snow. slow down, drivers, but is there more winter weather on the way? >> a man in taneytown was killed after an officer involved shooting. >>> first, we are tracking the weather. snow, freezing rain and sleet. meteorologist wyatt everhart
. michelle miller brings us up to speed. >> reporter: a half-foot of snow caused whiteouts on roads across the texas panhandle. there were near-blizzard conditions at day break in amarillo. 250 miles east, just outside oklahoma city, a 21-vehicle pile-up on interstate 40 stopped traffic for five hours. 12 people were injured. one state over in missouri, salt trucks were busy preparing the roads for expected heavy snowfall. transportation officials mark sheldon warned holiday travelers. >> certainly, those roads are slick. if you don't have to get out, please don't get out. >> reporter: the storm system caused heavy snow in the midwest, brought heavy rains and wind to the south, and shrouded the city of atlanta in fog. at least two reported tornadoes touched down in the houston area. one man was killed when a toppled tree flattened his pickup truck. by mid-afternoon, nearly 70,000 people in the houston area were without power. meteorologist david bernard says it's only going to get worse. >> this is a wide-ranging storm, as far as impacts go. there's a tornado threat in the south all the wa
with lawmakers. where heed he and his wife, michelle, spent christmas visiting u.s. troops and their families in hawaii. to beat the january 1st deadline senate majority leader harry reid is said to be crafting his own fiscal package. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, extend long-term unemployment, short-term spending cuts, and make a scheduled drop in medicare reimbursement to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor had the same kind of military rifle used in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he kill
in just a moment. >>> first lady michelle obama read to children in washington, d.c. and a creature were stirring. [ laughter ] >> this is exactly what he does at home. he tries.... >> that creature is bo the obama family dog. she read the night before christmas to the children. that is it for this edition. for all of us here, i'm dan ashley. merry christmas. i hope you have had a wonderful day with your family and hope to see you again at 11:00 tonight. good night. [cheers and applause] >> hello, everybody, and welcome to millionaire. we continue to raise money for alzheimer's today, which is why this absolutely beautiful audience is wearing purple and giving such great support to all of our celebrities. thank you, guys. hoping to add to our total is best-selling author and one of america's favorite cooks. please welcome paula deen. [cheers and applause] >> thank
. >> reporter: blinding snow in the plains, high winds in the southeast. and michelle miller tells us a major storm is headed north. police share the final words of the gunman who ambushed firefighters. he used the same gun as the school shooter in newtown. chip reid reports there's now a run on assault weapons. >> i normally sell about 15 or 20 a month. i sold about 30 in three days. >> axelrod: nancy cordes says democrats will try to solve the crisis on their own. and remembering charles durning. >> i'm not too good with words, wyway. >> axelrod: a character actor like no other. >> ♪ i cannot tell a lie... captioning sponsored by cbs
to celebrate this holiday season, including a new heir to the throne on the way. here is nbc's michelle kosinski. >> reporter: just like any family, the royal one has to roll with it. the queen has been fighting a bad cold, but beamed in turquoise for the crowd outside church that started arriving at 4:00 am. presenting her with bouquets, treats for her corgis and a teddy bear, no doubt just what she had been hoping for. brilliant hats on display. prince philip looking fit. last year, remember, he was in the hospital with a heart problem. this time, william and kate were the ones aaway, forging their own path by spending this christmas with the middletons. kate described as looking a bit pale, tired as she's been dealing with extreme morning sickness, her hair pulled back, wearing a simple coat she's worn before, prince william at her side with her family. >> he's quite able to just adapt to a situation. his wife is pregnant. she wants to be with her mom and dad. he's quite happy for that to happen. i think that shows that the queen is quite happy to take his lead on things loik that, t
for britain's royal family. they also found some breaks with tradition. michelle kosinski joins us. >> reporter: prince william and kate choosing her family over the royals, prince harry is in afghanistan and the queen is in 3d. because i know you've been wondering this holiday, what are those royals up to? just like any family, the royal ones have to roll with it. the queen has been fighting a bad cold. but beamed in turquoise for the crowd outside church that started arriving at 4:00 am, presenting her with bouquets, treats for her corgis and a teddy bear, no doubt just what she had been hoping for. brilliant hats on display, prince philip looking fit. last year r, remember, he was in the hospital with a heart problem. this time william and kate were the ones away, forging their own path, spending this christmas with the middletons, kate describe described as looking pale, tired, her hair pulled back wearing a simple coat she's worn before. prince william at her side with her family. >> he was just been able to adapt to a situation. his wife is pregnant. she wants to be with her
. and as you know, don, first lady, michelle obama, has been really active with military families along with jill biden. so that was something also that was really important to her. >> brianna keilar in honeymoon lulu, thank you, brianna. >>> a brand-new gallup poll shows half the country still thinks a fiscal cliff compromise is likely, down nine points from earlier this month. ♪ [ woman ] ♪ what i want this season ♪ if you'd like to try and guess ♪ ♪ it is something very special ♪ i would readily confess [ dogs barking ] ♪ 'cause all i want this season ♪ ♪ is something from your heart ♪ la da da, la da da [ male announcer ] thinking of others this holiday season, travelers. >>> some gun owners in the new york city area say they are being unfairly targeted and they're blaming a local newspaper. here's why. "the journal news" published an interactive map on its website showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit owners in westchester and rockland counties. you can see them here represented by red dots. the response has been overwhelmingly angry. and some re
. michele bachmann buys her own clothes. [laughter] contemporary tea party members threatened to orchestrate a congressional impassable from the government over a precipice unless democrats compromise on issues such as thinning and universal health health care ane end of tax breaks for certain wealthy persons. in 1792, sam adams was asked supported whiskey rebellion farmers, who in that year had begun shooting at federal agents rather than pay taxes they considered unfair. adams laughed. he said we will vote against the king and exclude subjects from the government and it is just and necessary, he said. but in his opinion, any citizen of a democratic government who took up against his government ought to be hanged. corporate name change from anyone? thank you very much. [applause] >> we will take questions. i think they would like you to walk to the microphone if you don't mind. thank you. >> in your research, there was some controversy during the election of 1960 and that joseph kennedy manipulated chicago politics to get his son elected president. did you come across any facts about that?
, december 26. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm brian hackney. frank is off today. the time is straight up 5:00. and a storm system that pelted much of the south and midwest with snow and strong winds is aiming for the northeast. >> the weather is already being blamed for three deaths including a man near houston who was in his public when a large tree fell on it. more than 100,000 homes and businesses lost power christmas day for at least a while across several southern states. >> my friend is out of electricity and heat so i come to get a propane exchange but then the lights went out before i could get checked out. >> reporter: mobile, alabama, and some other areas were hit by rare winter tornadoes which damaged or
the connecticut massacre still raw, spencer michels looks at a california law that aims to head off such violence. >> reporter: though no one knows the diagnosis of the perpetrator of the shootings in newtown, the killings have raised once again the issue of forcing the mentallyl
the obvious one. i'm going to say michelle obama. not only because her husband won, but because she doesn't have to campaign again. she sailed through the election with sky high ratings. and now she can do some of the biggest stuff about obesity, the biggest health challenge in this could be tri. >> i'm going to go with claire mchaskel. not only because she won her race, but also because she became the face of what republicans were doing. jonathan? >> i would say that the 47% were the winners of this election because they told mitt romney and the republican party to stuff it. they got off their lazied, unprincipled, immoral behinds and got out there and voted for president obama. >> crystal? >> i've got to go with the obvious one. president obama not just because he won and he won convincingly, his policies have been vindicated, health care has been upheld, his approval rating is raising. i mean, he truly was the big winner this year. >> i would go with johnny, with 47% or even more, the 99 pvnt. because i think that they showed political muscle. and police kal tenacity. a lot of people h
house. asking michelle obama if she'll run for office next. and a personal question, too. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> hmm. that's a good question. >>> made in america. the great christmas challenge. >> i know, i know your show. >> she knew, and so did thousands of others. tonight, the big reveal. the videos you sent in, the made in america gifts you put under the tree. and the ones that didn't fit. >> merry christmas, david! >> how you're creating joy and jobs this christmas. >>> and caught on tape. the adorable pet dog stolen, about to be sold. you won't believe what happened next and what we witnessed today. >>> good evening on this wednesday night. and we hope you had a merry christmas. diane has a few more nights with her family, and what a night to stay indoors. across much of this country tonight, a massive winter storm and already, the ripple effect being felt coast to coast. the monster storm system stretching from indiana to maine, all the way to north carolina. more than a dozen states under winter watches and warnings this evening. and this is moving fast. nearly a
, over to you. >> thanks, lauren. >>> first lady michelle obama recently read "it was the night before christmas" to the patients at the medical center in washington. a creature was stirring, namely the obama family dog bo. the dog jumped on a lap and made himself right at home. the white house says visiting patients at the children's hospital, it is the first lady's holiday tradition dating back to the 1950s. >> it does not matter the size, all dogs think they are lap dogs. >> all dogs are lap dogs. >>> a puppy named john almost never got to be home with his family. >> thanks to the power of social media, he got there just in time for christmas. the adoption papers at the oregon humane society were signed and the belzer family, they were ready to take their puppy home. when the staff went to go get him, he was gone. he'd been stolen. the humane society put out a plea for help. >> folks in oregon care deeply about pets, and the social media pressure was outstanding. so i think when they realized they had a hot puppy so to speak, they were eager to return him to the shelter. >> we brou
and first lady michelle obama saying thanks at the marine corps base hawaii. >> so many of you make sacrifices day in and day out on behalf of the freedom and behalf of the security. >> now the president is giving up some vacation time rushing back to washington aboard air force one late tonight to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. after that red eye, the president will no doubt need coffee. starbucks decided to get political in the washington, d.c., shops, by having employees write come together on cups. ceo howard schultz writing in open letter, "my hope is the simple message will serve as holiday reminder from starbuck of the spirit that bridgeed differences and we have the power to come together and make a difference in every season of the year." the president and speaker john boehner have not spoken in nearly a week. when the house republicans convene conference call today, all they were told is lawmakers will get 48 hours' notice if and when they need to come back to session. the talks first stall over the preferred option of plan "a." moving from the income level of $250,00
his wife michelle and daughters sasha and malia behind. the latest guidance we have from white house is that the president will be back here in the nation's capital where it is presently 36 degrees sometime tomorrow morning. united states government is set to go off the fiscal cliff on new year's day. at this point we don't know if the president plans to return at the to hawaii if the tax hikes are avoided well in advance of the of the new year. he's there to talk to himself. john boehner will come back at any time. his office told us it would be sometime after christmas. so he could be back as soon as today. the upper chamber in commerce is coming back tomorrow to pick up where they left off on the important domestic surveillance bisa. they will meet for a vote on the $50.6 billion bill for hurricane sandy relief. they will be back in the same zip code as far as we know there are no specific time or places on the books for an inperson meaning between the two. something else that remains to be seen is everybody will return to the table with a cooler head which the president shawas ho
, if michelle would be picked and confirmed she would be the first female to head the defense department, other names and defense officials, ashton carter as well as rhode island senator jack reid who doesn't necessarily seem to be resistant to joining the cabinet and whose name would be floated if hegel's isn't. >> thank you as always, sir. >> thanks, craig. >> a new york newspaper is responding to massive criticism after publishing addresses of gun permit owners. here's the article from the junior of news that is sparking all the outrage. it is titled the gun owner next door. what you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood. the information that published isn't anything secret. it's something that anyone can access. in this case the data was published and as you might imagine, it spread like wildfire on social media, sparking thousands of angry complaints. what was the process that the paper took to get these names? >> they did what anybody can do and filed the freedom of information request and asked for the names and addresses of all the gun licenses. when they asked for it, they
galanes. merry christmas. >> merry christmas. elfie. whoa. >> this one comes from michelle. "i have a single relative that doesn't ever want to come over and spend holidays with us. she is very able-bodied but just chooses to not participate. she expects me to save some leftovers for her so she can enjoy all my hard labors later in the week. i've grown to resent it a little." >> what do you think about that? >> hmm. the resentment's the problem here because she can come over. why not simply call the woman up and say you know, it's hurting my feelings a little bit that you won't come over and join us at least for a drink or snack or something. i don't think that's so bad. >> i think there's more to it. probably she says she's single. it suggests that other people are not. maybe she feels uncomfortable being with the big crowd. instead of being resentful make a special date with her when the two of you can enjoy the leftovers and kick back, you don't have to be working as much. i think you can make it special recognizing that she may feel uncomfortable. >> with family -- >> she may no
obama and first lady michelle visited u.s. service members yesterday in hawaii. the commander in chief wished the troops a merry christmas. >> obviously, we are still in a wartime footing. there are still folks as we speak who are overseas, especially in afghanistan, risking their lives each and every day. you have an entire country behind you and that all of us understand that we would be nowhere without the extraordinary service that you guys provide. and so, we want to say thank you. we love you. >>> hotel rooms in the nation's capital are not booking up as fast as they were four years ago. officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 for the president's second inauguration, less than half compared to four years ago. >>> netflix had a major fail. who's to blame and will you get a refund, that's coming up. th cy to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. that is the end... of carousel one. ...of carousel one. there's carousel two! all right! [ male announcer ] when you combine creamy velveeta with zes
. but one such program in california has proven hard to implement, as newshour correspondent spencer michels reports. >> i wanted the world to know what a wonderful, incredible person she was. >> reporter: for more than a decade, nick and amanda wilcox have been advocating timely treatment and early intervention for the severely mentally ill in the hopes they won't become violent. twelve years ago, their 19-year old-daughter laura wilcox, a college sophomore, was murdered by while she was working over christmas break at a mental health clinic in nevada county, california. >> at about 11:30 a client at the clinic came in and shot laura four times at point black range through the glass. >> what we know now after the fact is he had late onset paranoid schizophrenia. >> reporter: laura's murderer, scott thorp, killed two others, and then went home and took a nap. he was eventually sentenced to a locked mental hospital for life. >> we felt that laura's death was a result of a failed mental health system. we wanted to help prevent people from being so mentally ill that they would commit a violent
in florida. no secret service around, where were they? also the record-setting victory tweet with michelle obama, that famous photograph on the cover of "the economist," two images that got so much play on social media. >> it was amazing. the famous hugging incident at the peaches shop happened in charlotte, after the convention, president obama came after that feeling very happy and obviously one of his fans in florida was also very happy. the secret service, they had their eyes wide at that event. looked like a friendly guy, nobody was going to interrupt it and turned out to be one of the great photo opportunities of all time. the hug went out after election night after we knew obama had won picture of the two of them hugging. retweeted more than a million times. it's a social media landmark. >> unbelievable. thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thank you, sir. >> what political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? that's next. coming back. start and finish with jonathan cape hart. doesn't get better than that. >> which political story will make headlines in
. the e-mail address is real. the twitter thing i'm less -- >> he was actually e-mailing with michelle cabrera -- >> what's weird about his tweets? >> he's tweeting. he's tweeting it all. he's big on apple. >> and he -- >> he said he went on, i'll pick it up -- >> he doesn't have a social person like we have here telling me to tweet? he -- someone could be telling him he needs to tweet every day now. >> correct. >> might be him. he might have just started tweeting, right? >> he was using hash tags right away. >> i never used a hashing to. >> it seemed like he knew what he was doing. >> robertson writes, "refuses to retire, go to court, or abandon my tiger cubs. author and husband who just misses his life partner. salisbury, north carolina." you would think that's him. has picture and everything there. >> you would. >> i mean, how could anybody know that about him or get his picture? >> right. >> yeah. that could easily do that, but it would be mean to talk about life partner. >> he says apple is the stock of 2013. one of his tweets. mentions maria bartiromo, says did an interview with
and the first lady michelle obama kept up a christmas tradition. visiting marines at a base in hawaii, thanking them for their service. >> the greatest honor i have as president is being commander in chief and the reason it's an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world, but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. >> mrs. obama and their daughters will not be cutting their vacation short. they will stay in hawaii. >> good for them. >>> l.a., the best record in the nba. no, not the lakers. the clippers! look at billy crystal. they won their franchise record. he's court side a lot apparently. a record 14th game in a row on christmas night. beating the nuggets, a score of 112-1000, 22-6 on the year. earlier in the day, in the very same building, the l.a. lakers beat the knicks, winning their fifth game in a row, and look who is court side, take a look. rihanna, chris brown, together. you know, the guy who beat her up in his car the night before the 2009 grammys? brown pleaded guilty to assault after that. he is it still on probation. >>> ahead on "s
michelle obama visited marines and thanked them for their service. >> the greatest honor i have as president is being commander in chief and the reason it's an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. >> mrs. obama and the girls won't cut short their vacation. they're staying on in hawaii. >>> former braves great andruw jones free on a bond in atlanta on a battery charge. there was a domestic dispute between he and his wife. the center fielder played with the new york yankees last year and recently signed with a team in japan. >>> the city of los angeles is holding its annual gun buyback today, several months ahead of schedule. the buyback program allows anyone to bring in guns and rifles in exchange for gift cards. the event is usually held in may but was changed to today in response to the connecticut school shootings nearly two weeks ago. we'll talk about that buyback program with the los angeles antonio villaraigosa in about 45 minutes. >>> do you have the right to know if your neig
. in michelle flournoy or ashton carter, there are two very, very qualified people who are waiting in the wings who would be very close to the president, and i think it's entirely appropriate that as a second term begins that the president would look for new leadership especially after secretary panetta's long and distinguished service. jamie: you know, matt, on the one hand i can understand any corporate ceo when they come in, they want to bring in people that are sitting at the major table that they know will be on the same page. on the other hand, it's important in the second administration to reach across the aisle and look for people to fill positions from the republican party. but is this symptomatic, the way the hagel nomination came out and the situation with susan rice of a problem we may have of positions not being filled during critical times? for example, i think about the atf position which has been open for some six months, and i believe it's andrew draver who is the person who president obama selected, and they haven't even set up a hearing for him yet. >> will you make great poi
understands the sacrifices that families make each and every day as well. and michelle --. patti ann: the president also made a series of holiday phone calls monday night thanking members of the armed forces around the globe. >>> shoppers are going to be making tough decisions today. many preparing to return unwanted holiday gifts. retailers suggest patience if you plan to hit the stores today. they are expecting a very busy day of returns and exchanges. of course longer lines than usual but they say the wait could be worth it. many stores slashing prices as much as 75%, really. gregg: 75%? are you going to get out there? patti ann: i will go online and get some stuff. gregg: online. you will not hoof it? patti ann: i don't really like the crowds. gregg: i received some teal blue jeans. patti ann: don't say from who. gregg: yeah. going back. sorry. okay. those are just a few of the stories we're following this morning. this is "america's newsroom." when we come back we'll debate whether a deal to avert the fiscal cliff is really possible? come on. seriously? as the president cuts his
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